TEZU, Mar 15: Indira Gandhi Govt College (IGGC), Tezu hosted its maiden book fair, jointly organized by the College Library and Bamboosa Library (Tezu), local book sellers and Librarian Manoranjan Das as Coordinator, with College Principal Dr Kangki Megu inaugurating the event.
“Online books, books in electronic form can never replace the joy of reading a book in print,” said Dr Megu.
Stating that books are the roots of knowledge, he encouraged the students to gradually develop their own home libraries.
The audience observed two minutes silence to mourn the passing away of Dr Vivek Ponkshe, renowned educationist of Pune and a great friend of Arunachali youth for the last three and a half decades.
Paying rich tributes to Ponkshe for his long years of support and counselling to several Arunachali college students in Pune and Maharashtra, Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries, Satyanarayanan Mundayoor, the man behind the library movement, recalled that students and their parents also immensely benefited from his affections and care.
As Director of Jnana Prabodhini, an outstanding educational centre of excellence in Maharashtra, Ponkshe was also instrumental in conducting numerous educational training programmes for rural students in remote pockets of North East region.
T Rizvi, an ardent book lover and counselling expert, reminded the students that to do something good for the country it is necessary to read a wide variety of books.
On the occasion, a separate Competitive Examination Reference Cell was inaugurated by IGGC Principal in which students can prepare themselves for various competitive examinations with the housing of a good collection of books.
The exhibition saw hundreds of books from diverse fields and subjects showcased for the students during the day. Apart from books on academics, the books of general interest were also exhibited.
More than 600 students, teachers, children and teachers visited the book fair and grabbed the books of their choice. The organizers were requested to hold such event in the college at least once a year for the greater benefit of the students, teachers and the general public.